The Red Sox appear to have their work cut out for them as they must win a game started by Cliff Lee (8-4, 2.64 ERA) in order to avoid dropping three straight to the Rangers. Darnell McDonald will hit second and play left field, while John Lackey (9-5, 4.78) takes the hill for the Sox.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Darnell McDonald, LF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Cameron, CF
8. Bill Hall, 2B
9. Kevin Cash, C
SP -- John Lackey
Jeremy Kapstein, the Red Sox' senior adviser for baseball projects who is also running for lieutenant governor of Rhode Island, told WPRO-AM Friday that he has concerns over the possibility of the state loaning Curt Schilling's gaming company, 38 Studios, $75 million in an attempt to lure the business to Rhode Island and potentially provide up to 450 jobs by 2012.
"I have serious questions about the viablity of that kind of an offer to a company that is full of questions," Kapstein said, "and nothing against Curt Schilling and nothing against his representatives."
According to the Boston Herald, the interview followed a meeting of the Rhode Island economic development officials, who were discussing the potential move of 38 Studios from Maynard to the Ocean State.
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For the second straight season reliever Fernando Cabrera will be designated for assignment by the Red Sox, this time the move comes after the right-handed pitcher allowed three runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Cabrera, who was promoted from Triple A Pawtucket, allowed a fifth-inning grand slam to Texas' Bengie Molina, breaking open a 3-3 tie and leading the Rangers to an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. The 28-year-old Cabrera, who had pitched in six games with the Sox in 2009, cleared waivers after being designated last year, ultimately choosing to rejoin the Red Sox. Cabrera was 0-3 with 13 saves and a 3.50 ERA in 30 appearances for the Pawtucket Red Sox before being promoted.
The move will likely pave the way for the activation of reliever Manny Delcarmen, who was deemed ready to come off the 15-day disabled list earlier Friday by Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Francona said after the loss that could be multiple moves announced Saturday...
Bengie Molina became one of the most unlikely players in major league history to hit for the cycle on Friday night as the slow catcher connected for a grand slam and tripled in the eighth to cap off the feat in an 8-4 Rangers victory over the Red Sox Friday night at Fenway Park.
Molina became the first MLB catcher since 2004 to hit for the cycle and the first opponent in 32 years to do it at Fenway Park. Cleveland's Andre Thornton was the last to turn the trick on April 22, 1978.
Felix Doubront started and went 4 2/3 innings but couldn't get the final out of the fifth inning and gave way to Fernando Cabrera, who walked in the tying run in the fifth and then gave up the decisive grand slam to Molina. The game was delayed exactly one hour after the third inning by rain.
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Pitching in his first (and presumably final) rehab outing after going on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, Clay Buchholz allowed two runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings while pitching for the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox against the SkyChiefs in Syracuse. Buchholz finished his outing striking out two and walking one while throwing 60 pitches (33 strikes).
Also participating in a rehab outing for the PawSox was infielder Jed Lowrie, who hit a home run in his first at-bat on the way to managing three hits in his first three plate appearances. Lowrie, who was playing third base while appearing in his eighth minor league rehab appearance, is now 10-for-22 since returning from a bout with mononucleosis.
Outfielder Jeremy Hermida went 0-for-4 with an RBI for Double A Portland his comeback from a rib injury.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker
A whale watch boat is stranded overnight in Boston Harbor
Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?
Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.
MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.
The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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